Target Stroke

What is Target: Stroke?

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) recognized the substantial and significant opportunity to assist hospitals and healthcare professionals with improving quality of care for stroke patients.

Target: Stroke was developed as an extension of Get With The Guidelines-Stroke in early 2010 to specifically focus nationwide efforts in reducing IV rtPA door­ to-needle (DTN) times and further support the information translation and educational needs of healthcare providers caring for this patient population.

The goal of Target: Stroke is to achieve DTN times of 60 minutes or less in at least 50% of eligible patients. Through Target: Stroke, hospital teams can work towards eliminating delays and reducing long-term disability in stroke patients.

What are the Target: Stroke best practices?

Briefly stated, the Target: Stroke Best Practices Strategies are:

  1. Advance Hospital Notification by EMS
  2. Rapid Triage Protocol and Stroke Team Notification
  3. Single Call Activation System
  4. Stroke Tools
  5. Transfer Directly to CT Scanner
  6. Rapid Acquisition and Interpretation of Brain Imaging
  7. Rapid Laboratory Testing (including point-of-care testing of indicated)
  8. Mix IV rtPA Medication Ahead of Time
  9. Rapid Access to IV rtPA
  10. Team-based Approach
  11. Prompt Data Feedback

What Organizations support Target: Stroke?

In addition to the American Heart Association/ American Stroke Association, many other professional healthcare organizations serve as co-sponsors or supporters of Target: Stroke, including:

  • The American Academy of Neurology
  • The Division for Heart Disease and Stroke Prevention.
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Paul Coverdell National Acute Stroke Registry
  • The National Association of EMS Physicians (NAEMSP)
  • The National Association of State EMS Officials (NASEMSO)
  • The Brain Attack Coalition
  • American Association of Neuroscience Nurses
  • American College of Emergency Physicians
  • National Institutes of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
  • American Association of Neurological Surgeons
  • American Society of Neuroradiology
  • Congress of Neurological Surgeons
  • National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
  • NeuroCritical Care Society
  • The Stroke Belt Consortium

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